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Big Story Weather – January 2, 2013

Jan 02, 13 Big Story Weather – January 2, 2013

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.

Big Story Weather from December 31-January 1: A storm system moving though the Southern Plains brought the year to an end bringing a wintry mix to many places and also rainfall to the south. The year was also rounded out with colder air that plunged into the Northern Plains.

Weather Outlook for January 2: High pressure over the Tennessee River Valley will provide partly cloudy skies to the region and this will spread into the East Coast. There will also be plenty of cold air associated with this high pressure. A weak area of low pressure will be moving through the Northern Plains that will bring some light snow to the northern part of Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. A secondary low pressure will begin to develop near Brownsville, Texas and push a warm front into the Gulf Coast region bringing some cold rain to the area. High pressure over the Western Rockies will bring nice weather to a good portion of the West. Below is the weather for a few select cities.

New York NY: Partly Cloudy: 25F
Gulfport MS: Cloudy with Showers: 55F
Minneapolis MN: Partly Cloudy: 20F
Billings MT: Partly Cloudy: 32F
Seattle WA: Partly Cloudy: 38F

International Weather Outlook for January 2: High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will extend eastward into the Koreas and Japan. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will bring sunny skies to most of Southeast Asia. High pressure over southeastern Europe will bring partly cloudy skies to a good portion of the region. A frontal boundary moving north of England will bring some showers to the region. High pressure over Eastern tip of South America will bring partly cloudy skies to the southern tip of the region. An area of low pressure will bring showers to Southern Africa. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Western Australia while a tropical wave will bring showers to the Northeast portion of Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Seoul South Korea: Partly Cloudy with a low near -3C
Manila Philippines: Partly Cloudy with a few showers and a low near 24C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy and a low near 23C
Brussels Germany: Partly Cloudy with a low near 5C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C

January 2, 2012 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to the region, while another low pressure is moving towards Iceland which will bring winds/seas to the region. Low pressure moving across Northern Mexico will push out towards the Gulf of Mexico over the next 24hrs.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving onshore over Western Canada will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Low pressure in the Eastern Gulf of Alaska will be quickly moving towards the east.

Western Pacific: An area of low pressure is to the east of the Philippines which is bringing rain and wind to the island. Winds are estimated around 15kts and pressure of 1000mb. This feature has the potential to gain some strength before making landfall. A second area of low pressure is moving to the northeast of Japan. Another area of low pressure is beginning to move through Central China and will begin to impact the region with showers and higher elevation snows.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is again very active with multiple areas of low pressure along it. The low pressure to the Northeast of Diego Garcia does have potential to become a tropical system as winds this morning are around 30kts with a surface pressure of 1000mb.

Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Freda continues to track towards New Zeeland with winds around 35kts and a pressure of 996mb. Newly formed Tropical Cyclone Dumile is pushing towards the coast of Madagascar with winds around 55kts and a pressure of 982mb. Another area of low pressure is near the Fiji Islands bringing moderate rains to the region.

Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 2-6

New York NY: A very tranquil week ahead with partly cloudy skies and no impacts forecasted for the region.

Gulfport MS: A few rain showers today and tomorrow will bring slight impacts to the region, otherwise the remainder of the week is impact free.

Minneapolis MN: High pressure is going to bring cold air to the region however the weather impacts will be none for the next five days.

Billings MT: High pressure moving over the region will keep it impact free for the next five days.

Seattle WA: A very nice week ahead with no weather impacts forecasted for the region.

Climate Watch for December 28- January 1:

New York NY: The period started with temps running about 3-5 degrees below average followed by a slight warm up with temps running 1-3 degrees above average.

Gulfport MS: The period started with temps around 1 degree above average followed by some very cold air as temps fell to around 1-10 degrees below average for the remainder of the period.

Minneapolis MN: The period started about 2 degrees above average followed by a drop to around 5 degrees below average and then another slight warm up with temps about 1 degree above average followed by another cold shot with temps running about 5-6 degrees below average.

Billings MT: Temps have been around 5-10 degrees below average the entire period.

Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 2 degrees above average followed by temps running 4-8 degrees below average for the remainder of the period.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 2, 2013.

Day 1-3: High pressure moving through the Tennessee River Valley will bring partly cloudy skies to the East Coast. A weak area of low pressure will move into the Gulf of Mexico and bring with it showers to the Northern Gulf Coast. A clipper system moving through the northern portions of North Dakota and Minnesota will bring some light snow to the region. High pressure over the Rockies will bring dry weather to the majority of the West. To end the period there will be a few showers in the Southwest otherwise the majority of the United States will be under high pressure and dry weather.

Day 4-7: The period will begin with high pressure covering 95% of the country with partly cloudy skies. There will be a few showers possible in the extreme Northwest portion of the United States and also possibly a few showers moving into the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The middle of the period will have a weak frontal boundary moving across Florida and Georgia bringing a few showers and the majority of the United States will be under high pressure still. A low pressure area will begin to move towards Southern California. The period will end with a quiet weather pattern across the United States.

Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the majority of the United States keeping the weather quiet. A weak area of low pressure will move through Northern Mexico and will bring a few showers to the Southwest. The middle of the period we will see high pressure along the East Coast with a newly forming low moving into Texas that will bring heavy rainfall to the region along with another frontal boundary in the Northern Plains which will bring some light snow to the region. A piece of energy will also begin to move into the Northwest with a few showers and higher elevation snow showers possible. Towards the end of the period we will have a significant snow storm in the makings for the Ohio River Valley into the Great Lakes with very heavy snowfall possible in this region. An upper level trough over the Southwest Rockies will also bring some snowfall to the region. High pressure will build in over the West Coast.

Day 13-15: The period will start with a significant storm system extending from the Gulf Coast into the Great Lakes. Expect to see a chance for some severe weather in the Gulf Coast region along with more heavy rain and snowfall towards the North. Towards the middle of the period we will have a big East Coast storm moving up the coast along with a strong high pressure building in over the Southern Plains and another area of low pressure moving over the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with another major storm system moving into the Plains spreading a wide swath of snowfall along with heavy rains towards the Gulf Coast into the Tennessee River valley.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Fargo ND:

Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of light snow with the potential of a light accumulation. Winds from the Northwest around 10-15mph as high temps rise to around 26F, look for overnight lows to fall to around 6F.

Thursday: Partly Cloudy and colder with a high near 17F, winds will be from the Southwest around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 10F.

Friday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 22F, winds will be from the Southwest around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 13F.

Saturday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 16F, winds from the Northwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 10F.

Sunday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 28F, winds will shift to the Southwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows only fall to around 20F.

Ask The Weatherman for January 2, 2013:

Question: Does the Earth warm and is it because of manmade influences?

Answer: To answer this question completely would take about 6 days, however I will provide a short summary to help answer this question. First, the Earth does go through periods of warming. The latest small warming trend we had was during the 2000-2012 period. This period was noted as being a warmer period with temps running above average and ice sheets at the poles melting at a rapid pace. However, as Sir Isaac Newton has stated, for every action there is an opposite reaction. In this case that means the Earth will also cool. The last noted small cool down occurred in the 1970’s. So the Earth does go through cycles.

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Green Energy Weather Report for January 2, 2013:

Wave Energy: A weak frontal boundary off the Pacific Northwest will bring some great wave energy today and the frontal boundary moving through the Northern Gulf will also create some wave energy in this region.

Solar Energy: An abundance of sunshine will make many places throughout the United States enjoy solar energy from the Northeast into the Central Plains back into the Southwest and up into the Pacific Northwest.

Wind Energy: Looking for some stronger winds over the Northern Plains behind the cold front that will bring some moderate wind energy to the region. The Cascades will also see moderate winds which will create some good wind energy.

Hydro-Energy: The biggest hydro energy location will be along the Gulf Coast with moderate rain showers moving through the region. Also some long term snow pack will fall in Northern Minnesota which will help for the spring runoff season.

January 2 Weather and Your Wallet (New Orleans LA):

Dining: Today will be cool and rainy so you might want to bring your lunch to work instead of dining outdoors.

Transportation: No major travel problems expected however there could be some minor delays at the airport today.

Shopping: A cool day to be shopping so take a light jacket and an umbrella.

Electricity: The region will see a fairly moderate intake of Heating today with a HDD of 17.5, with the highest hours expected from 6PM-6AM.

Yard Work: The rain will make it hard to get any major outdoor yard work done today.

Construction: Bundle up and be ready to be rain chilled if you are out on the road ways working today.

Outdoor Venues: The cold temps and rain will make it a very hard day to get outside, but if you put a jacket on and grab an umbrella you can still get the pet in for a walk.

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